Russell J. Manning

Cotten, Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P.

Kingsville, Texas 78363


Commercial, Employment, Inheritance Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Probate, Shareholder Disputes, Transportation, Trusts and Estates, Wills, Wrongful Death

RUSSELL MANNINGhas been a trial lawyer in Corpus Christi since 1986, and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Russell has a reputation for creative analysis, civility, and dogged determination. With extensive experience trying cases and handling appeals, Russell knows his way around the courtroom. Russell successfully resolves most of his cases by negotiating with the other side, but he is not afraid to take your case to trial and continue the fight in the appellate courts when it is in your best interest. Russell has represented businesses of all sizes, from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies, in commercial, employment, injury, and environmental tort litigation. He has handled shareholder and partnership disputes, and cases involving contested wills and the administration of trusts and estates.

Russell also is a trained mediator, and is particularly suited to mediate cases involving disputes over business relationships and transactions, complex legal matters, family inheritance disputes, and strong emotions.

Admissions to Practice:

Admitted to Practice in all trial and appellate courts of the State of Texas; United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas; Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court.


University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with High Honors 1986);
University of Texas--Permian (B.A. with Outstanding Graduate Recognition 1983).
Texas Law Review,
Order of the Coif, Chancellors, Legal Research Board.


State Bar of Texas 1986-present (Section memberships: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Antitrust and Business Litigation; Appellate; Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation);
 Federal Bar Association 2013-present;
 Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit 1994-present;
 Corpus Christi Bar Association 1986-present;
 The Hon. Reynaldo G. Garza American Inn of Court, Barrister 2004-present;
 Padre Little League, Inc. Board of Directors and Secretary 2013-14;
 Corpus Christi Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, Volunteer 1988-present;
 Corpus Christi Literacy Council, Board of Directors 2001-03;
 Better Business Bureau of the Coastal Bend, Board of Directors 1991-94;
 Corpus Christi Texas Exes, Vice President 1991-92; Scholarship Chair 1991-94; President 1996;
 Texas Law Alumni Association, Texas District 14 Director 1992-94;
 Carroll High School Mock Trial Team, Non-faculty Advisor 1992-93;
 Manager and Coach of the Padre Little League Tee Ball Giants 2013-14;

P.O. Box 2728
Corpus Christi, TX 78413

P: 361-888-8041
F: 361-888-8222
E: [email protected]